Happy Freduary! (and a lil’ bit of Spring Break)

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Disclaimer: I did not come up with the term “Freduary.” My good friend Bethany Kelly did.

Good afternoon, y’all! It has been a while since the previous post (I might as well get used to saying that every post.) For those of you keeping score at home, I am in my final semester here at Asbury University.

…yeah, I can’t believe it either. It feels like I just got here. It’s amazing how much things have changed since my arrival in the Fall of 2014.

What’s next? Well I’ll let you know when I find out, but now it’s time for a music update:

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So this happened! On Monday November 21, 2016 five of my compositions/arrangements were featured in an hour-long recital, paired up with musical contributions from Christa Neal ’17 for her senior recital. I kid you not, Akers Auditorium was packed and we were blessed from all those who made it possible. We are indebted to the Salvation Army Student Fellowship Band & Songsters, Adam Schell ’18, Dr. Don Zent, Prof. Mary Ann Wilder, Caitlin Malone ’17, and many more. The five pieces of mine which were featured included the following:

  • For the World (an festival arrangement of the transMission praise & worship song “Christ for the World”)
  • Schelltic Praise! (a solo for Oboe and piano written and performed by Adam Schell ’18)
  • Anchored! (SATB written especially for the SASF Songsters)
  • Give to Jesus Glory (SATB written in the Spring semester of 2016 and now the winner of the 2017 Peniston Honors Composition Competition)
  • My Hope! (originally written as a two-verse congregational accompaniment to “The Solid Rock,” expanded to four verses for this recital)

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At the tail-end of February, I co-hosted a senior recital with my good friend Andrew Wittenberg. I would love to tell you about all the great music he performed that night…but I don’t have a programme in front of me. I played the following:

  • Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major, Mvt. 1 (Joseph Haydn)
  • Concertino for Flugel Horn, Mvts. 1-3 (William Himes)
  • Song for Cornet (Richard Lane)
  • So Glad! (William Himes)

It was a great night, and more importantly, it means I’m done with another great portion of my major. Lessons with Jeff (Barrington, Trumpet Professor & SASF Songster Leader) shift to focus on preparing me to teach lessons to others as opposed to learning from lessons myself. I’m excited about the new direction these lessons will be going in.

As the school year is wrapping to a close, I bet you’re wondering (or probably not wondering, I dunno): what’s coming next compositionally? Well, I’m currently working on my very first work for orchestra (no, that “Ice Ice Baby” arrangement for the Asbury Orchestra doesn’t count) that centers around the Creation story, the Fall, and our path to redemption. It’s a rather adventurous piece of work.

In addition to that, I have one transcription project for a Singing Company that has come up on my desk.  In addition to that, I have recently begun a brass band setting of the chorus In Thee, O Lord, Do I Put My Trust.

Thanks for staying loyal to TroyFred Productions over the past eleven years! Be back soon!

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